Dec 1, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play against the Houston Texans in the second half at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

NFL legend Tom Brady has acknowledged that the deterioration of his relationship with former head coach Bill Belichick played a crucial role in his decision to depart from the New England Patriots. Despite their successful partnership that led to six Super Bowl victories over 18 years, signs of discord emerged, prompting Brady to make the surprising move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019.

Brady, reflecting on his decision during an episode of the Apple TV+ docuseries ‘The Dynasty,’ revealed that the strained dynamics with Belichick influenced his choice. He expressed that despite their two-decade collaboration and shared success, he was unwilling to commit to another contract with the Patriots based on their recent experiences.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft also shared insights into the relationship, mentioning Brady’s sensitivity and desire for Belichick’s approval, which the head coach was not inclined to provide in a fatherly manner.

Brady, enticed by a $50 million contract, joined the Buccaneers and went on to win another Super Bowl, while Belichick struggled to replicate the team’s previous achievements. Before facing his former team, Brady expressed respect for Belichick, acknowledging the valuable lessons learned during their 20-year association.

In early 2024, Belichick left his role as head coach and de-facto general manager after four challenging seasons marked by declining results, culminating in the Patriots’ poorest performance in the 2023 campaign. Kraft explained the decision, citing the team’s responsibility to address the decline and restore the Patriots’ standing as a vital asset to the community.

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